Things are a little awkward around Firehouse 51 in tonight’s newest episode of Chicago Fire. Severide is purposely avoiding his girlfriend as she prepares for the lieutenant’s test, and Sylvie is purposely avoiding Casey for…well obvious reasons. All of this, plus a mystery surrounding an assignment given to Boden is what makes up the episode of the show’s return after a 2-week break.
After learning that the only reason Kidd is going to pass the test is because he’s respected in the department, Severide is staying out of the way of his girlfriend, which she’s picking up on. It gets to the point that he invites himself on Boden’s assignment to take a look at buildings condemned by the fire department to make sure everything is in order. On the other hand, Casey gets Sylvie’s cold shoulder as the team is called out on a car accident, where a massive LED billboard car has crashed into another car. As the team works to rescue the woman trapped in her car, Casey calms the woman, named Sydney, down, and they make the safe rescue, not without a little bit of flirting beforehand.
While 51 cleans up the streets, a neighboring firetruck arrives, and one of the firemen in that crew, Chuck Rutledge, bickers with Mouch, showing that there’s a little bit of history with these two vets. This problem is revealed to be about how Rutledge was sitting in Mouch’s spot on the couch, and it escalated into a massive prank war.
As Boden and Severide board up a building, they discuss their fathers who have passed on, and how Severide still is reminded of his father at random moments in his life, and Boden says that he’s the same about his father, who served as a police officer. Upon arriving at another house, it appears that someone has torn off the boards and is inside. Boden and Severide save an older man inside the house who fell through the stairs, but he doesn’t reveal his name leaving behind only a number: 24198. The hospital tells them that since they don’t know his name, he will be going under a John Doe register with the Chicago PD.
As Kidd prepares for the lieutenant’s test with Sylvie, Sydney, the victim in the car crash, arrives at the firehouse looking for Casey. She gives Casey her card and asks him out, and Casey agrees to see her (while through in a social distant date joke, remember this is happening in COVID!)
The prank war with Mouch and Rutledge continues as the Mouch puts a sign making fun of his old rival and his love of donuts outside Firehouse 40, and the lieutenant of that group, Greg Grainger, asks Casey if Sylvie is seeing anyone. While they look at the prank, Gianna mentions to Gallo that her kids are great pranksters, leaving Gallo nervous that he might be crushing on someone who already has kids. Rutledge then responds with a big billboard of Mouch giving donuts out at the firehouse for free.
At Molly’s, Greg, and Sylvie start flirting with drinks in hand, and a jealous Casey watches from afar. Thoughts on that later.
Kidd confronts Severide about his evasive behavior towards her, and he shrugs her off, leaving both of them just a little bit uncomfortable.
Back at the house where 24198 was, Severide finds a hat with the number written on it, which is shown to be a badge number. After an investigation, Henry Sidwell is revealed to be the mystery man, who has been suffering from dementia and wandered off to the house, since he and his wife used to live there. An emotional Boden reunites the two and has him thinking about his own life and how time can go by quickly.
Gallo and Mouch dump a huge truck of donuts on the steps of Firehouse 40, but a call from a construction site prevents them from gloating. The construction site was getting demolished when the charges went off too early, and Gianna finds herself taking care of a victim when another charge goes off. Thankfully, Gallo sprints like a madman over to her before the charge goes off and covers her and the victim. They give each other the look of “you just saved me, so I’m gonna kiss you,” but no kiss comes since there’s work to do. Gallo tries to ask Gianna out on a date to the playground and to bring her kid, but she said she was referencing a kid at a daycare that her parents run, she just calls them “my kids.” As the laughter subsides from that awkward moment, Rutledge drops a literal helicopter full of donuts on top of Firehouse 51, and Mouch waves a white flag to surrender. These firefighters sure have a lot of time on their hands…
As the episode ends, as usual at Molly’s, Boden advises Severide about facing troubles at home rather than avoiding them, because avoiding issues make everything worse. Boden then receives an urgent phone call and ducks out, and Casey sits at the other end of the bar, about to call up Sydney, opening the door to a new romance. Severide discovers that Kidd left his apartment because of the strain in their relationship.
Boden finds Henry Sidwell and tells him he can’t go back to that boarded-up house, but to hold onto the memories of the house like he has the memories of his father, and the episode ends with Henry giving Boden his police hat as a reminder of the memories.
Here’s where I’m at when it comes to some of the subplots of Fire: I like the fun little prank war of Mouch and his old co-worker. I’m okay with the Severide and Kidd subplot. While Severide isn’t being the best boyfriend in the world, his intentions are there, I just wish he would tell her that he’s avoiding her to make her want to work harder. It’s the Casey and Sylvie subplot line that I can’t really get behind. They had their flirtation, but Sylvie shut it down, yet continues to be jealous of him. I’m sure the show is going to gear around to them getting together eventually, I just think that the characterization of the two’s relationship is something that needs to the re-examined.
The main plotline of the episode was great: it’s rare we see Boden so emotionally vulnerable behind that stoic nature he has, so it was wonderful to see an episode where we get to see what emotion hides behind that big mustache of his. However, besides the Mouch plot, there was something left to be desired. The show is going to continue the Severide/Kidd, and Sylvie/Casey plotlines probably through the rest of the season, so I hope they can come to a resolution soon because it’s getting a little clunky for a show that has been going for nine seasons.
What did you think of the newest episode of the NBC hit? Leave a comment below.
Chicago Fire Recap – What Comes Next (9×14)
On tonight’s explosive new episode of Chicago Fire, a pet food factory fire sets Casey and Severide on an investigation, Kidd takes the lieutenants test, and Firehouse 51 prepares for a garage sale.
While Kidd takes the test, the crew is sent out on a call of a pet food factory that’s on fire. Severide attempts to rescue the owner, Pete, first, but he insists he save his wife instead.
The wife is rescued in a valiant effort from Gallo, who climbs up the building by himself using a ladder and hoisting it up.
Upon their return to the firehouse, some of the burns on the equipment look like chemical burns, setting the team to investigate the case of the week: what chemicals are in that factory? Upon investigation from hazmat, there was nothing conclusive that said there were dangerous chemicals inside. With Pete’s help, they conclude that people have been dumping waste and trash near the factory because the city won’t work to clean up the area. As a result, a barrel of sulfuric acid is what caused the fire and the burns on the firehouse equipment.
Turns out, an organic food company was using sulfuric acid to make fertilizer, then illegally dumping it so they didn’t have to pay any fees. Naturally, the driver who dumped it fled. However, Severide and Casey found the barrels in the organic food company allowing them to make the arrest.
It’s Ritter and Gallo’s first CFD garage sale, and Mouch, Herrmann, and Capp show them the ropes of pricing things and appropriately selling them. As pointless as it was, I found it quite hilarious that Ritter was swindled by an old lady to lower the price of a speaker. The biggest mistake happened when Mouch accidentally sold Sylvie’s cat, but it left Sylvie incredibly happy since she never liked the cat but didn’t necessarily want to get rid of it.
On this week’s edition of “ew, that’s insanely gross,” Sylvie and Violet helped rescue a dentist’s patient whose teeth mold quite literally glued his mouth shut.
Boden informed Kidd that she passed the lieutenants test, and Severide confided in Casey that he was thinking of proposing to his now-lieutenant girlfriend! It would be great to see the two of them finally tie the knot after being together for so long.
My biggest problem with tonight’s episode? Not enough time spent on Kidd. This whole season has built up for a powerful woman of color to climb the ranks of the Chicago Fire Department, but the storyline was put to the side for the case of the week.
Casey and Severide have been solving cases like these for the past nine seasons, I think they could’ve taken a break so that we could see this moment happen for Kidd. Even the plot about Sylvie’s cat had more screen time than anything regarding Kidd and her test results.
I think it was a waste of a tease to barely have Kidd in the episode at all, and even when she was around, she was just sitting around waiting for the results until the end. What’s the point of having her study, prepare, and build her character if they weren’t going to even utilize her when it mattered the most? She’s a fantastic character, arguably one of the best in the show, and it just seemed that her talents weren’t properly used.
What did you think of tonight’s new episode of Chicago Fire? Leave a comment below!
Chicago Fire Review – Don’t Hang Up (9×13)
Chicago Fire’s latest episode was a race against time, as the team worked to track down a missing girl who only wanted to talk to one person: Stella Kidd.
The rest of the season is working toward three possible outcomes: Kidd passing (or failing) the upcoming lieutenant test, Cruz becoming a father, and whether or not Casey and Sylvie will get together. Tonight, all three of those storylines were at the forefront of the episode.
In his paternity class, Cruz tried to perfect swaddling, and the rest of the crew helped him out. In reality, he was trying to do better at swaddling than someone else in his class, which made for a fun and random competition between new fathers.
Meanwhile, Casey confronted Grainger about getting back together with Sylvie, who admitted that she is clearly in love with Casey. Things are gearing up for their eventual connection!
However, the meat of the episode centered around Kidd, who had a great story to showcase her skills. Kidd is shown to be a great on-your-feet firefighter as she works fast to rescue a man who, after being hit by a car, was impaled by a tree branch. It was impressive to see her adjust to a situation so fast and showcased just how strong she is under pressure.
While studying for the test, Kidd received several phone calls from a burner phone from a girl who was being held somewhere in the city. From the calls, it seems that this girl and her brother are being held captive by a gang. She also revealed to Kidd that she was a part of the early days of the Girls on Fire program that was started, which is why she called Kidd. The girl said she left the program because she didn’t feel like she was good enough to rescue people before abruptly hanging up.
Kidd recruited her assistant Kylie to search the records of the Girls on Fire sign-up sheets, and they deduced it as a girl named Aliyah Ward and her brother Douglas. They were taken by a gang that Douglas got involved with for trying to snitch to the cops.
Since they knew the gang house is right by Aliyah’s, Kidd asked Severide and Boden to drive by, turn the siren on, and use the phone call with Aliyah to track it down. Boden then lies to the gang saying that their house is going to blow from saturation levels, which gets everyone out and secures a rescue.
I have this gut feeling that when Kidd takes the test, she will either pass with flying colors or fail because of some messed up situation within the Chicago Fire Department. The episode showed Kidd at her finest, so it’s possible that the next one could show her at her lowest. I think it would be great to see the other side of it because Miranda Rae Mayo has been giving a fantastic performance as she prepares for the test. It would be interesting to see her reaction if she did all this work to be shut down for it (though I would love to see her pass, of course!)
What I liked about this episode was the editing. They told all their stories the way they could knowing that the one around Kidd was the prominent one. The show has always struggled with maintaining which one was more important than the others for the week, but it was still fun to watch Cruz and Herrmann have a “swaddle-off,” as well as Casey discovering that there might be more in store for him and Sylvie.
What did you think of tonight’s high-stakes episode? Leave a comment below!
Chicago Fire Review – Natural Born Firefighter (9×12)
Chicago Fire returned this evening without missing a beat. With the looming concern that Captain Casey may have to leave the Chicago Fire Department after his horrible head injury looming, Chief Boden takes over the reins of Casey’s job while he figures out what he needs to do next.
Casey is told by his doctor that he will need to get an MRI to get a further diagnosis of the state of his head injury because it could be quite possible that if the trauma is getting worse, it could lead to serious medical problems for him in the future. Don’t worry, fans, Casey and Sylvie had a lot of flirty moments that could result in them (finally) getting together! There even was an almost-kiss when Casey’s MRI was clean, and he is cleared to work!
A fire at a party store paves the way for two storylines of the week: a civilian, Mason, who knows an odd amount about firefighting helps Herrmann rescue an unconscious woman, and Mouch saves a little girl’s life after the building explodes.
Herrmann tracks down Mason, who was a trained firefighter in prison, and knows that the CFD does not hire felons. Mason explains that becoming a trained firefighter in prison helped him get out of a lot of bad crowds. It becomes Herrmann’s goal to meet with the commissioner of the CFD to get Mason hired as a firefighter because as the episode title notes, he is a “natural born firefighter.” Originally, the meeting doesn’t go as planned, but after several phone calls, they get Mason an interview with the fire department in St. Paul.
Kudos to the makeup department on the show; the scene where Sylvie rescues a woman who gets her arm stuck in a tennis ball machine was awesome, and the prosthetics they put on her arm were great!
The lowest part of the episode for me was the so-called “comedic” story where Ritter, Gallo, Kidd, and Cruz worked together to prevent random people from parking in Chief Boden’s parking space. Even when they discovered that the person parking their car was assisting an elderly nun, the story was incredibly dumb, and just didn’t need to be there at all. However, I do like the use of Boden in these stories, because they don’t always use him for moments that aren’t serious firefighting scenes.
Herrmann’s storyline involving Mason was really true and honest. There are a lot of organizations in the world that discriminate against hiring felons even if they have the skillset to accomplish a job. It’s something that I hope can make a difference in reality, as there is so much discrimination against incarcerated people.
The show also took down the rumored possibility that Casey (played by Jesse Spencer) will be departing the show because of his head injury. It was a sigh of relief, as a personal fan of Jesse Spencer, as well as the character, I don’t know how I would be able to handle his departure from the show. With the hint that Sylvie and Casey could be getting together soon, I think it’s time that this teased romance finally becomes official!
Chicago Fire returns in 2 weeks, but until then, what did you think of tonight’s episode? Are you relieved that Casey is returning to work? Leave a comment below!
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